Can I be suspended for a social media post?

Q: Can the principal of my school suspend me for a social media post on my private account during non-school hours?  A: Probably not, but there is reason to be cautious about this type of behavior. There was a time when the line between on- and off-campus activities was clear. And generally so was the law.… Continue reading Can I be suspended for a social media post?

Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

TEXAS — Hitting newsstands down south on Thursday is a 48-page, double-cover collaborative issue of The Daily Texan and The OU Daily, celebrating the 115th Red River Showdown. On the gridiron, Texas and Oklahoma are the opposite of friendly. But the school's student newspapers worked tirelessly together to create the commemorative issue in time for… Continue reading Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

Penn State’s Collegian stands by editorial criticizing Barstool, despite backlash from fans

(Aabha Vora / Daily Collegian)

PENNSYLVANIA — Editors at the Daily Collegian are defending a recent editorial criticizing Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy for comments he made toward a Penn State dean. The student journalist who authored the editorial received substantial personal attacks and pushback on social media. How it started The eventual series of conflicts stem from a Sept.… Continue reading Penn State’s Collegian stands by editorial criticizing Barstool, despite backlash from fans

Reporters (including students) were barred from questioning AG Barr at Wichita State

William Barr speaks on the reduction of violent crime in Wichita, Kansas on Oct. 2 during a visit to the Law Enforcement Training Center at Wichita State's main campus. (Easton Thompson / The Sunflower)

KANSAS — Reporters were barred from asking Attorney General William Barr questions at an Oct. 2 event at Wichita State (a public university). When a reporter tried to ask a question anyway, he was escorted out by police.  The event was a private roundtable discussion with Kansas law enforcement officials about federal, state and local… Continue reading Reporters (including students) were barred from questioning AG Barr at Wichita State

Are student government election results at a public high school public records?

Q: Are student government election results at a public high school public records? My school only announces who won and does not provide the actual vote tally.  A: The answer will probably depend on the wording of your state’s open records law. In the only case we are aware of to date, the Virginia State Supreme Court declined to… Continue reading Are student government election results at a public high school public records?

New, restrictive publications policy hits journalists at a Virginia high school who were already being censored

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VIRGINIA — Journalism students already dealing with censorship by administrators at Millbrook High School in Winchester, Virginia, now face another barrier to reporting after the passage of a new prior review policy for student publications.  The Frederick County School Board approved the new policy during its Aug. 20 meeting. Under the policy, the school’s principal… Continue reading New, restrictive publications policy hits journalists at a Virginia high school who were already being censored

Applications are open for paid spring and summer 2020 journalism internships

Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are more than 30 spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email SPLC reporter Joe Severino to add an internship. Student Press Law Center, (Washington, D.C.) • Journalism Internship — Join our small and scrappy team!… Continue reading Applications are open for paid spring and summer 2020 journalism internships

Rough week for Radford University student paper — 1,000 copies stolen, then prior review proposed

The Tartan newsroom / Dylan Lepore

VIRGINIA —The day after approximately 1,000 newspapers were swiped from Radford University newsstands, administrators met with the head of the student newspaper and its advisers about the school possibly having pre-publication review of the Tartan. Radford is a public university located southwest of Roanoke. The Tartan is printed weekly and 1,500 copies are distributed every… Continue reading Rough week for Radford University student paper — 1,000 copies stolen, then prior review proposed

FAU student newspapers detailing alleged rape by quarterback found in trash

(Kristen Grau / University Press)

FLORIDA — Kristen Grau walked by a University Press newspaper stand and knew something wasn’t right. Every copy was gone, even the display piece. In the trash bin only feet from the stand, Grau found the newspapers under only a few pieces of garbage. The cover story of this particular issue includes a detailed account… Continue reading FAU student newspapers detailing alleged rape by quarterback found in trash